Marketplace for Tuesday, January 14, 2014
So much for neutrality. A federal court said today the FCC can't force broadband companies to treat all content equally. That means giants like Verizon and AT&T — as well as cable companies — can pick favorites on the web, by slowing traffic from some sites and boosting the speed of others. Also, as American Idol opens its new season, it's easy to forget how influential the show was when it began more than a decade ago. Just as "The Sopranos" changed cable, American Idol shook up the networks. And finally, the Seattle Seahawks are limiting playoff tickets to credit card holders in the region – which rules out 49ers fans with California address. Does engineering a bigger home-field advantage work?